Easter Sunday Processions Are As Popular As Those Of Good Friday. Easter Sunday in Malta commemorates the Resurrection of Christ reminding us that he rose from death. It is the most important feast in the Roman Catholic church calendar.
The ringing of the Church bells both in Malta and Gozo and the processions with the statue of l-Irxoxt, the Risen Christ brings back many customs that the Maltese have had for centuries. This tradition is repeated every year in a number of villages in Malta and Gozo.
For instance at Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua, where a group of men run the last stretch of roads with the statue and people throw confetti from the windows to celebrate.
There are villages where the parish priest blesses the children’s figolli on Sunday morning. You will surely see many children gathering for this blessing in front of the church.
On this day many people enjoy eating the traditional figolli including a variety of Easter eggs. With regards to the figolli, today they can be bought from many confectioneries but there are still many families who prefer to buy their own ingredients and cook them for their families.
Figolli are usually baked before Easter, different sizes and shapes are done with almond paste in between, covered in chocolate or coloured icing and decorated with little Easter eggs.
Large crowds gather to see the l-Irxoxt procession as it’s one of the traditional feast people look forward to see. Children with figolli in their hands. Different shapes and sizes get to eat the delicious Easter eggs and figolli.
During the processions the band clubs, will now also accompany this procession playing joyful and happy mood marches compared to the Good Friday sombre marches.
After the morning procession people either go out for lunch or spend time with their families and have a lovely Easter meal. The traditional lamb, vegetables and potatoes are generally cooked.
Malta offers various sites and beautiful villages to see and knowing that during Easter there is so much to see and do even if you are not religious.
You will have numerous ceremonies at church, impressive processions and decorations to fill up your time. The Maltese people through their faith and devotion and all the traditions that they have inherited from their ancestors can offer you an incredible holiday.
You can savour our traditional food, sweets and lovely warm weather for the time of the year. The evening tends still to be a bit chilly but knowing that there is so much to absurd and enjoy why not see what Malta has to offer around Easter.
Easter Sunday in Malta and all the Holy Week activities are a great time to have a taste of the Maltese culture.
Easter Sunday Processions In Malta
- Birgu | Vittoriosa – 10:00
- Birkirkara – 18:00
- Birzebbugia – 19:00
- Bormla – 09:00
- Gharghur – 09:00
- Gzira – 09:45
- Isla | Senglea – 09:00
- Kalkara – 18:45
- Luqa – 09:30
- Mosta – 18:30
- Naxxar – 08:30
- Paola – 09:00
- Qormi – San Gorg – 09:00
- Qormi – San Bastian – 09:15
- Rabat – 09:45
- Sliema – St. Gregory – 17:30
- San Gwann – N/A
- Siggiewi – N/A
- St. Julians – 10:30
- Valletta – Tal-Gizwieti – 18:15
- Zebbug – 09:00
- Zejtun – 10:00
Easter Sunday Processions Gozo
- Fontana – 10:30
- Gharb – 18:00
- Rabat – Katidral – 10:45
- Kercem – 09:15
- Nadur – 10:00
- Qala – 11:00
- Rabat – San Gorg – 08:45
- Xaghra – 18:00
- Xewkija – 09:30
- Zebbug – 17:00
Article credits: https://www.maltainfoguide.com/Holy Week and Easter in Malta
Typically, Easter celebrations in Malta last a long few days and have a strong religious significance also know as Holy Week.
The celebrations begin the Friday preceding Good Friday when a statue of Our Lady of Sorrows is carried in a procession through the streets of Valletta, the capital, as well as many other small towns and villages. This is the kick off of the Easter celebrations and is a wonderful experience.
Towards the end of Holy Week, the celebrations really kick up a gear on Maundy Thursday. This is when the Last Supper is commemorated and worshippers pay visits to seven ‘Altars of Repose’, all in different churches. ‘Altars of Repose’ are altars where the Communion hosts, which are consecrated during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Maundy Thursday are placed, in preparation for Good Friday, and so form a crucial part of the Easter celebrations. The altars are beautifully decorated and offer a real visual treat, as well as the opportunity to reflect on the holiday and celebrations. Then comes Good Friday, a rather sombre affair, seen as a day of penance and is observed through veneration of the cross and processions in different locations, during which scenes from the Passion and Death of Christ are carried out. Although this may seem a gloomy day, it is a crucial part of the whole Easter experience in Malta.
Easter Sunday is a day of huge celebration, thus day starts with the ringing of the bells in churches to celebrate the resurrection. At mid-morning, a statue of the Risen Christ is processioned through the streets and carried triumphantly into the church. This is a day for celebration, fun and another crucial aspect… followed up by many traditions. It is a tradition to present children with chocolate coated Easter Eggs as part of the celebration, along the typical figolla, which is an almond filled pastry in the shape of a rabbit, lamb, heart or fish. Both of these are treats following the fantastic family feast which takes place after 40 days of potential fasting and no sweets.
The Easter feast is the pinnacle of the celebrations and is an occasion for the whole family to get together. Delicacies include kwarezimal, also known as ‘Lenten’ cookies, which are sweet, traditional cakes or biscuits, more common during the period of Lent, but also widely celebrated and enjoyed as an Easter sweet.
Due to the covid-19 restrictions, churches have been shut and no processions or religious ceremonies are being held during Holy Week this year.